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ICT Postal & Telecom sector to get Tk 6,064 cr

Published : Thursday, 7 June, 2018 at 4:22 PM Count : 473

An allocation of Tk. 6,064 crore has been proposed for ICT Division and Postal & Telecommunication Division.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith made this proposal during placing budget for 2018-19 fiscal year at the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday.

A strong infrastructural base for ICT has already been set up at the grass root level of the country, said the minister, adding that, “We still continue to put in place new infrastructure and facilitate program for extension of internet services to cope with the increasing demand. Some of the notable programs includeprovision of 4.408GBPS bandwidth from 6 divisions to Dhaka, 5.928 GBPS bandwidth from districts to divisions and establishment of wireless broadband network (4G, LTE).”

“Steps have been taken to monitor cyber space and internet based cyber-crime to avert security risk of ICT infrastructure spread across the country, prevent such crime while ensuring all kinds of information/security. Wider and multifaceted use of ICT under the banner of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ is supporting us in taking forward our agenda for reducing poverty and ensuring social mobility,” Muhith said.

The minister in his speech said, “To sustain the trend of higher growth in coming days the contribution of industrial sector to GDP will have to be increased which call for stronger focus on increasing productivity. Thus our dependency on ICT will be increased in the days ahead that will push up such productivity.”

“Utility Payment Platform (UPP) is being set up to simplify the process of delivering the public services. Teletalk sims have been distributed to as many as 20 lakh mothers receiving stipends. Work is going on to bring Maheshkhali, a coastal island, under digital network. Living standard of the islanders will be improved by using ICTs. Social and economic divide between town-dwellers and islanders will thus be narrowed,” he added.



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